University’s free course will teach businesses leadership and management

Business people at a meeting
Business people at a meeting

A free university leadership and management course is being made available to owners of small businesses.

The University of Bedfordshire’s Knowledge Hub has teamed up with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council to produce a Skills for Growth programme.

It is supported by the European Social Fund and offers training in business management and leadership skills, together with an opportunity to achieve the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management.

It’s not available for Luton postcodes LU1-LU4.

Daniel Nicholls, project manager of Skills for Growth at the university said: “We’ve designed this course with small business owners in mind.

“This programme, delivered by experienced entrepreneurs who understand the challenges small businesses in Bedfordshire face, will provide delegates with the opportunity not only to gain the Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management, but also learn how to utilise project management tools, make effective use of financial controls and apply business-wide innovation to help grow their business.”

Sharon Crosby, of Blue Direct Ltd in Dunstable, attended the first Skills for Growth programme. She said: “After some 30 years away from the classroom it was a wonderful experience to be a student again and to apply the skills and techniques learnt during the programme back into my business.”

The next course starts on Tuesday, October 15 at the University’s Bedford campus. It comprises of five weekly evening sessions, concluded with an assessment in the form of a management presentation.

For more information and to enrol visit: www.beds.ac.uk/skills-for-growth or email knowledge@beds.ac.uk

Skills for Growth is primarily targeted at middle and senior managers or company directors aged 19 and over, working in a registered business employing between 2-49 employees, based in eligible areas in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough (excluding LU1 - LU4 postcodes).